The 10 Best Chain Restaurants for Vegetarians
A longtime vegetarian serves up her best restaurant picks.
What are the best restaurants for vegetarians?
Going out to eat should be a stress-free experience. But when you don’t eat meat, it can be challenging to find a restaurant that you (and your dining partners) can agree on. That’s why we rounded up the best chain restaurants for vegetarians. Our choices—handpicked by a vegetarian of over a decade—promise plenty of options for veggies and carnivores alike.
For a quick bite on-the-go, you can’t beat Panera. This fast-casual chain has plenty of meatless options, including soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. My personal favorite? The Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.
It’s no secret that The Cheesecake Factory has an endless menu—so it’s the perfect choice for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Keep your eye out for salads, veggie burgers and pastas. And don’t forget the cheesecake!
Meat-free eating is easy at CPK since they denote all of their vegetarian menu items with a little green leaf. You’ll find small plates, apps, soups, salads and—of course—pizza. Whenever I go, I opt for the Asparagus + Arugula Salad and a Margherita Pizza. Yum!
Need to refuel? Try Chipotle. This Mexican chain features a bunch of veg-friendly options, including burritos, bowls, salads and tacos. Each order is customizable and, if you order a veggie-based item, guac isn’t extra!
After a long day, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of pasta—and Noodles & Company is happy to oblige. They feature a number of vegetarian pasta dishes, including one made with zucchini noodles! My fave? Japanese Pan Noodles with Tofu.
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It sounds surprising, but Taco Bell has quite a few vegetarian options. When you need a quick drive-thru fix, reach for the burritos, tostadas and quesadillas that feature cheese and/or beans.
Chinese food is usually a safe bet for vegetarians—just keep an eye out for animal byproducts like fish sauce. At P.F. Chang’s, you’ll find vegetable spring rolls, edamame and a handful of meat-free entrees.
It can be awkward going out for pizza as a vegetarian—especially if you’re splitting a pie. That’s why we love Blaze so much. This build-your-own chain lets you put as many veggies on your pizza as you want. And, their personal-size pizzas mean you don’t have to share.